false pretension

See: bad faith
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This action actually proved that national interest is his last concern and can be sacrificed to preserve his political leadership under false pretensions.
No false pretensions of modern grandeur, but not dated either, this is an everyday local chippy with a very warm welcome.
Replying to a question she strongly refuted the notion of mid-term elections, she stressed an end to false pretensions, and while referring to comparative preferences between Zardari and Mian Nawaz Sharif she left the results to better governance.